IV. Devatā Vagga
Paṭhama Sovacassatā Suttaɱ
Translated from the Pali by Thanissaro Bhikkhu.
Provenance, terms and conditons
[pts] "Last night, monks, a certain devatā in the far extreme of the night,
her extreme radiance lighting up the entirety of Jeta's Grove,
came to me and, on arrival,
bowed down to me and stood to one side.
As she was standing there,
she said to me,
'These seven qualities, lord,
lead to a monk's non-decline.
Respecting the teacher,
respecting the Dhamma,
and with fierce respect for the Saṅgha,
respecting concentration, ardent,
and with fierce respect for training,
having admirable friends, compliant,
—incapable of decline—
one is right in the presence of unbinding.
These seven qualities, lord,
lead to a monk's non-decline.'
"That is what that devatā said.
Having said it,
she bowed down to me,
circled me three times,
and then disappeared right there."
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